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so lockdown has happened and its come to this......Mazda 626 1985

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Plan for now, not in particular order.

 

Done:

Spark Plugs Wire

 

Not Done:

Getting the logbook updated.

Change Windscreen Wipers. (Bought)

Change Ignition Coil. (Bought)

Cam and Accessory Belt. (Bought Cambelt but might let hairnet play roulette.)

Blown Rear Shock Absorber.

Broken Seatbelt. 

Air Conditioning Regas.

Italian Tune Up/Redline Test.

Maybe some paint touch ups on bumpers.

Test Stereo.

Charging ports.

Maybe a Dash Cam.

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Looks great!

Interesting headlight and bonnet arrangement, I can only recall seeing this style on the 626:

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1984 Mazda 626 + Mazda Cars (UK) staff by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

And it's nothing like the Telstar, that's even more differenter:

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Ford Telstar (Mazda 626) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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31 minutes ago, Conan said:

Moral of the story: Don't keep a man at home for too long.¬†ūüėõ

would likely have happened although it might have been two wheels

still all your fault tho :D

 

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Nerdy stuff for fun.

 

This is the most basic spec available, the LX, this can be signified by the unique front end which is slightly shorter than the typical one you'd see in Europe or America and being a saloon.

Despite being base spec, it has colour coded bumpers, rev counter, clock, air conditioning, power steering, 60/40 split folding rear seat, and many more. It is probably more akin to typical mid-spec car.

Despite Mazda 626 being known for having oscillating vents, this one doesn't have it, which is a shame.

This is the F6 1587cc engine which officially produces 90 horsepower. 2bbl carburettor, cambelt and crossflow head.

Rack and pinion steering and Independent rear suspension.

This would've costed it's owner ŗłŅ325,500 baht when it was new. Compared to currency exchange at the time it would have been about ¬£6,500 pounds before inflation.¬†

Ford Telstar (which is exactly the same car) was¬†ŗłŅ309,000,¬†Lancia Beta Berlina 2000 was¬†ŗłŅ420,000. Mercedes Benz 200 was¬†ŗłŅ935,000.

This was one of only 2,015 Mazda cars sold in Thailand back in 1986. Comparatively, current generation Mazda 2 is selling about that amount in one month.

They sold more higher spec¬†1.8 GLX Hatchback than this base 1.6 LX Saloon by the factor of more than 5 to 1. Despite it costing ŗłŅ375,000.¬† People must've been drawn by¬†oscillating vents.

The company that sold these, Kitkamol Sukosol, used to sell Packard, Studebaker, Triumph, Singer and DAF. Before venturing into Mazda in the early 60's. Mazda bought out entirely and set up their own operation in 1999. The company is still around but not in auto industry.

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Just now, hairnet said:

my horn just took off and got a plane to swampy

whats the badge is dat da poleece?

 

1980's vintage badge for Department Of Provincial Administration. I feel the workers for this archaic centralised hierarchical society definitely has an image fitting for this sort of obsolete automobile.

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I feel like you guys should be able to appreciate the inside a bit more. A friend of mine took these.
 
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(I know the passenger side under dash cover fell down let's not be bothered about that.)
This is all of the win! my uncle had a Y reg one of these in the same colour. It replace a Princes and started a love for Mazda that lasted for decades. When he replaced this one he kept it in the garage as a spare car (never sure why but he did the same with the Princess) it was a lovely comfortable thing that seemed quite unusual at the time...

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In good company today.

 

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Maybe some gratuitous under body shot?

 

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Done:

Spark Plugs Wire.

Spark Plugs.

Ignition Coil.

Cam and Accessory Belt.

Coolant.

Gearbox Oil.

Wiper Blades.

Italian Tune Up.

 

Not Done:

Getting the logbook updated.

Blown Rear Shock Absorber.

Broken Seatbelt. 

Air Conditioning Regas.

Maybe some paint touch ups on bumpers.

Test Stereo.

Charging ports.

Maybe a Dash Cam.

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7 hours ago, Conan said:

In good company today.

 

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Not Done:

Cake.

Blown Rear Shock Absorber.

Broken Seatbelt. 

Air Conditioning Regas.

Cake.

Test Stereo.

Charging ports.

Cake.

WHO IS THIS GUY - I WANT TO BUY HIM A BEER!!!!!111111ONE1111!!!!

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First car when I moved to NZ was a 1986 626GT which even had adjustable suspension button - sport setting made it roll slightly less! Great car - drove it all round the South Island with two bikes, a set of golf clubs and a tent!

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Mazdas of this era are fit. Are they rare in your area? 

I still remember the disappointment as a young  kid when I visited the local dealership with my parents. We looked at the new 323 (so would have been around 85 I guess) and it was a lovely looking thing. 

Parents promply bought a Ford Orion. ūüôĄ

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On 4/26/2020 at 7:31 PM, Floatylight said:

This is all of the win! emoji122.pngmy uncle had a Y reg one of these in the same colour. It replace a Princes and started a love for Mazda that lasted for decades. When he replaced this one he kept it in the garage as a spare car (never sure why but he did the same with the Princess) it was a lovely comfortable thing that seemed quite unusual at the time...

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There's indeed a certain sophistication in them even with basic model such as this. Not as reliable as a Toyota, and not as practical as a Nissan. But they're quite solid and stout, almost European in a certain aspect. This even comes with being a pain in the arse to work on compared to comparable Toyotas.

 

17 hours ago, binhoker668 said:

Very very nice.  Those seats look uber comfy!!

 

They look comfy, but that's nothing to how they actually feel. I'd say, very nice for long distance driving hairnet will be doing.

 

11 hours ago, Jim Bell said:

That's looks amazing. Very well done indeed to all concerned. 

 

Thanks!

 

3 hours ago, Essex V6 said:

First car when I moved to NZ was a 1986 626GT which even had adjustable suspension button - sport setting made it roll slightly less! Great car - drove it all round the South Island with two bikes, a set of golf clubs and a tent!

 

Bubble economy for you! The Japanese went mad with gadgets and Mazda isn't an exception.

 

34 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Mazdas of this era are fit. Are they rare in your area? 

I still remember the disappointment as a young  kid when I visited the local dealership with my parents. We looked at the new 323 (so would have been around 85 I guess) and it was a lovely looking thing. 

Parents promply bought a Ford Orion. ūüôĄ

 

The Mazdas of this era are certainly fit. (Especially if they're high spec like this one isn't). 

 

As to how rare it is. The car's been with me for 6 days and despite actually going out (there is no lock down I can travel all I like) this one is the only pre-1998 Mazda I've seen around. This specific generation 626 is not Isuzu Aska level of Dodo. But they must be about Pangolin rare at this point. Haven't had difficulties finding service items though. But bigger components will be quite a challenge.

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